10 Principles of Fair Trade

Creating Opportunities for Disadvantaged Producers

It seeks to enable producers to move from income insecurity and poverty to economic self-sufficiency and ownership.


Transpanency and Accountability

The organisation is transparent in its management and commercial relations. The organisation finds appropriate, participatory ways to involve employees, members and producers in its decision-making processes. The communication channels are good and open at all levels of the supply chain.


Fair Trade Practices

The organisation trades with concern for the social, economic and environmental well-being of marginalised small producers and does not maximise profit at their expense. It is responsible and professional in meeting its commitments in a timely manner. Suppliers respect contracts and deliver products on time and to the desired quality and specifications. Fair Trade recognises, promotes and protects the cultural identity and traditional skills of small producers as reflected in their craft designs, food products and other related services.


Fair Payment

Fair Payment is made up of fair prices, fair wages, and local living wages.


Ensuring No Child Labor and No Forced Labor

The organisation adheres to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and national/local law on the employment of children. The organisation ensures that there is no forced labor in its workforce and/or members or homeworkers.


Commitment to Non Discrimination, Gender Equity and Women's Economic Empowerment, and Freedom of Association

The organisation does not discriminate in hiring, remuneration, access to training, promotion, termination or retirement based on race, caste, national origin, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, union membership, political affiliation, HIV/AIDS status or age. The organisation has a clear policy and plan to promote gender equality that ensures that women as well as men have the ability to gain access to the resources that they need to be productive and also the ability to influence the wider policy, regulatory, and institutional environment that shapes their livelihoods and lives. The organisation respects the right of all employees to form and join trade unions of their choice and to bargain collectively.

Ensuring Good Working Conditions

The organisation provides a safe and healthy working environment for employees and/or members. Working hours and conditions for employees and/or members (and any homeworkers) comply with conditions established by national and local laws and ILO conventions. Fair Trade Organisations are aware of the health and safety conditions in the producer groups they buy from.

Providing Capacity Building

The organisation seeks to increase positive developmental impacts for small, marginalised producers through Fair Trade. The organisation develops the skills and capabilities of its own employees or members.

Promoting Fair Trade

The organisation raises awareness of the aim of Fair Trade and of the need for greater justice in world trade through Fair Trade. It advocates for the objectives and activities of Fair Trade according to the scope of the organisation. The organisation provides its customers with information about itself, the products it markets, and the producer organisations or members that make or harvest the products. 

Respect for the Environment

Organisations which produce Fair Trade products maximise the use of raw materials from sustainably managed sources in their ranges and buy locally when possible. They use production technologies that seek to reduce energy consumption and where possible use renewable energy technologies that minimise greenhouse gas emissions. They seek to minimise the impact of their waste stream on the environment.